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“All round dissappointment”

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
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Ranked #78 of 614 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the oldest zoos in Europe, established in 1866, features the hippopotamus, bred in captivity, and an animal nursery of lion and bear cubs.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Me and my partner went to this zoo for the day before going to the airport as the website says it has luggage storage which was confirmed at the ticket desk. The luggage storage turned out to be small lockers which would never fit a cabin sized bag. This lead to an hour long goose chase to find out if there was another space, most of the staff were extremely unhelpful and after being sent to the other side of the zoo found that the luggage space we were told would be there did not exist. We ended up taking our cases round the zoo which was also a big disappointment as the animals were kept in small faces and were acting strange.

Thank Chloe M
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

Highly recommended for families of all ages. Lots of animals to see. Our 3 year old loved it. We will go again on next visit to Budapest

Thank Eric D
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

I visited this zoo as a child and now I returned as an adult and I was sorry to see that the way they treat animals hasn't really changed. Cages and places for animals are smalls! Way too small :( Animals are visibly sad. As a Hungarian kid, I visited several zoos in the country and 10-15 years ago all zoos in Hungary were like this or even smaller cages. However, they changed over the years. It worths to see the zoo in Gyor for example. The animals has nice big places and in the past years I have never felt that the animals are particularly sad there. In Budapest, those poor kangaroos and polar bears were seemingly prefer suicide...I was close to crying seeing them so miserable. Rhinos had really tiny place and hippos too. Giraffes, camels and zebras have zero chance for a run...not even a very lazy run. Pools for water animals are also miserably tiny, even for big seals and polar bears. Polar bears are not designed for 40 degrees Hungarian summer! It's cruel to keep them in these condition and the same goes for penguins.
The zoo is good value for money considering the number of species there...but I don't want to support keeping animals in these circumstances :( In the future I'll rather pay more for Western-European zoos and countryside zoos in Hungary, for example the one in Gyor. I'm deeply sorry to see the miserably closed animals in Budapest zoo.

1  Thank Patrícia T
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

You should not miss this, it is a very good zoo, there are also some places to eat and feed the animals, minimum. 3-4 hours visit.

Thank ManosArgyriadis
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

Went on a very hot day in 3rd week of July. Luckily there was lots of trees for shade. Got to see baby elephant and gorilla. Too cute.

Thank Norm G
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